Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Do You Know What's Shocking?

Air costs $1.

I had a tire with low pressure today, so I stopped at a gas station to fill it up. I seem to remember some big deal about how air should be free for customers, but there's always a quarter slot and a sign asking for 25 cents, so I just pay for it anyway.

Well, imagine my surprise today when the first place I stopped was charging 75 cents!

"That's absolutely ridiculous!" I said to myself. Or maybe out loud. I'm a mutterer. Then I drove on to the next station.

And the air there cost $1! And because I started with the tire I always sideswipe on curbs, assuming that it had to be the low pressure tire my car kept dinging about, by the time I got to the fourth tire, which turned out to have a tire pressure of 17.5, my dollar's worth of air had stopped. So I had to buy another $1 worth of air.

I know, I know, two dollars is not that big of a deal. But it is when what you're buying is air. It's almost as ridiculous as buying water.*


* Full disclosure: I've been known to buy my fair share of bottled water. I'm not sitting here in my shiny glass house throwing rocks at you. Or maybe that's exactly what I'm doing. Hmmmm...

20 comments:

  1. Well, I can think of two gas stations that give free gas within five miles of my home. Is this a neighborhood problem or a regional or (heaven forfend) larger problem? I don't go anywhere they charge for air.

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  2. I know one station near me that has free air, so I always make a point to only go to that place when I'm low.

    It must be a specific location thing, since this one I know is a major chain, and all other locations of this major chain charge. *shrugs*

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  3. I have never heard of being charged for air! But I just asked my husband and he said that he's seen places that charge before. I wouldn't know either way since I've never attempted to put air in my tires. I have this idea that I'll put in too much and they'll explode. That sounds ridiculous - really I just don't want to bother with it. I do enough around here. Chris can be in charge of purchasing air.

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  4. I still get mine for 50 cents and I think THAT is crazy! I always seem to have at least 1 tire that's low, I am a frequent flier at the air compressors. My recommendation - get a good tire gauge and keep it in the car. When you go to get air - before you put your money in - go around and check all the tires so you know which ones need air and which ones don't. Saves time - and this time - mighta saved a dollar!

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  5. we get it for free, but have to pay for the use of the squeegee for the windshield....

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  6. I found my first free place to get air *ever* the other day and was tickled pink. How sad is THAT?!

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  7. There's only one free air place near me that I know of. I go for the free stuff. It's probably chemical laden and not purified oxygen, or something? But air and ATMs are two things I have a hard time paying for!

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  8. Come inside the Beltway! There's one between our house and 495 with free air! I'll totally hook you up!

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  9. All of the Wawas in this area have free air, but I don't know if that holds as you close in on DC.

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  10. okay, finally, we see that California has something going for it. Stimey- the reason you thought you remembered air being free is that you were living in the sunshine state when the state law was passed that gas stations cannot charge for air or water. Maryland stations? they can charge you $57 dollars per puff if they like.

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  11. Whoa man. I have never even heard of charging for air, and would be mightily offended if someone tried to do it to me.

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  12. I am totally impressed that you actually know how much pressure the tire should have. I cling to one shred of sexism - husband deals with cars aside from gas. He said the air is free but they sometimes charge to use the machine.

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  13. hmm, now you've got me wanting to go to the gas station. Air used to always be free there but since I don't normally mess with that, maybe times have changed. Maybe air is going to start costing more than gas.

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  14. Tire pressure is something so many people fail to keep up. I don't really care if they charge as long as they have a house that doesn't leak air or has a gauge that works. There are many stations around me that fail in those departments.

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  15. I agree that air should be free. If I can, I will drive until I find a gas station with free air. I do, however, buy water. We have well water and isn't necessarily the best thing to drink!

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  16. Yeah, charging for air is pretty stupid. I mean, what exactly are they PAYING for air, in order to be able to sell it to you???????

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  17. well, technically you are paying for the electricity to generate the air, and the space the air pressure thing takes up (because if it wan't there, another stipmall could fit in just so, right? Maybe if they can find someone to sponsor the air, it would be "free." That's what kind of world we live in.

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  18. Don't even get me started on this robbery of air thing. Apparently I must kick the crap out of my bicycle tires because I need to fill them up about every other time I ride, and I'm sent into blinding rage every time I feed my quarters to the air machine. Because who charges money for air, anyway?! AIR?! But I've found if you play a good flirt to the service station man, sometimes you can get your air for free. Flirt, or act like a lunatic. Works every time.

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  19. I wrote about the SAME EXACT THING not too long ago. It's un-American I tell you.

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